13 frost resistant trees

If you live in a climate with very harsh winters and you don’t know which tree to plant in your garden, you’ve come to the right place. In this article we will make a selection of trees that can withstand temperatures below 10 degrees below zero, even more. Most of these trees are deciduous, that is, they lose their leaves in winter, but in return before the cold arrives there are species that dress in spectacular colors.

Fast growing, you can certainly enjoy any of them for a long, long time.

Deciduous or deciduous trees

If you like trees that lose all their leaves in winter, and that can give a good shade in summer, then we recommend you take a look at the ones we recommend:

Tree of love

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Also known as redbud, mad carob or Judas tree, it is a beautiful deciduous tree native to the northern Mediterranean whose scientific name is Cercis siliquastrum. It reaches a height of 4 to 6 meters, which is why it is perfect for small gardens.

Withstands frosts down to -18ºC.


The genus of maples is very broad and diverse. They are distributed by temperate to cold climates throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Specifically in North America and Asia we find the most popular species, such as Japanese maples ( Acer palmatum ), false banana maple ( Acer pseudoplatanus ), etc.

They are medium-fast growing deciduous trees that can withstand frosts from -10º to -25º. As there are so many species, it is advisable to check in the nursery the rusticity of the specimen that we want to take home.

Horse chestnut

It is a magnificent deciduous tree known as false chestnut or horse chestnut whose scientific name is Aesculus hippocastanum. It reaches a height of 30 meters, and is native to the forests of the Pine Mountains and the Balkans.

Withstands temperatures up to -18ºC.

Flower ash

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Its scientific name is Fraxinus ornus, and it is known as flowering ash, orno, manna ash or flower ash. It is a deciduous tree with a height of between 15 and 25 meters native to southern Europe and southwestern Asia.

Withstands frosts down to -12ºC.


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The beech, or common beech, whose scientific name is Fagus sylvatica, is a magnificent deciduous tree that reaches a maximum height of 40 meters. It is native to much of Europe.

It is a species capable of withstanding frosts down to -18ºC.


It is a deciduous tree whose scientific name is Juglans regia, which is known as walnut. It is native to Southeast Europe and Western Asia, and can reach a height of 18 to 20 meters.

It resists frosts down to -18ºC, and produces edible fruits: the so-called walnuts.

White willow

The white willow, whose scientific name is Salix alba, is a beautiful deciduous tree native to Europe and North Africa. It has a fast growth reaching a height of 10 meters.

Withstands frosts down to -15 degrees.

Evergreen or evergreen trees

If instead you want evergreen trees, that is, trees that gradually lose their leaves throughout the year, you may like some of these:

White fir

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It is an evergreen conifer called common fir or white fir whose scientific name is Abies alba. It has a pyramidal shape, reaching a height of 20 to 50 meters, and it is native to the mountainous regions of Europe.

Withstands frosts down to -18ºC.


The holly is an evergreen tree native to Europe and East Asia whose scientific name is Ilex aquifolium. It grows to a height of 20 meters, although it does not usually exceed 8 meters.

Withstands frosts down to -18ºC.

Arizona cypress

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It is an evergreen conifer whose scientific name is Cupressus arizonica. It can reach a height of 5 to 20 meters, and is native to the United States and Mexico.

It is a plant that resists frosts down to -18ºC.


Image – Wikimedia/ Thierry Caro

It is a very large evergreen conifer that can reach 70 meters in height with a trunk of up to 4 meters in diameter, native to Japan, and its scientific name is Cryptomeria japonica.

It resists frosts down to -18ºC.


The strawberry tree whose scientific name is Arbutus unedo, is a tree that can reach 10 meters in height. It is perennial, that is, it does not lose its leaves in autumn. It is found in areas of the European coast, even reaching Ireland.

It is a very ornamental species that, in addition, will give many and very good edible fruits. It supports frosts down to -12º.

Silver eucalyptus

The Eucalyptus gunni, also known as silver or blue eucalyptus is an evergreen tree native to Australia very ornamental. It has a rapid growth up to a height of approximately 15 meters.

It supports a temperature of -18º.

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